JAHANARA PRINCESS OF PRINCESSES PDF

Shelves: long-series , kids-books , historical , india 3. In comparison to the rest of the Royal Diaries series, its less exciting, however, I still find Jahanara to be an excellent book, especially as a starting point to get kids interested in Indian culture. For those who do not know who Jahanara is, she was the oldest daughter of the Indian emperor Shah Jahan, who 3. For those who do not know who Jahanara is, she was the oldest daughter of the Indian emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal. In this book, Jahanara starts off living with her exiled family, but later on, are returned to their proper places.

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She also served as principal lady-in-waiting for her mother, Mumtaz Mahal. They also played chess, polo and hunted outdoors. Padshah Begum[ edit ] Upon the death of Mumtaz Mahal in , Jahanara, aged 17, took the place of her mother as First Lady of the Empire, despite her father having three other wives.

One of her tasks after the death of her mother was to oversee, with the help of Sati al-Nisa Khanam, the betrothal and wedding of her brother, Dara Shikoh to Begum Nadira Banu , which had been originally planned by Mumtaz Mahal, but postponed by her death. Her father frequently took her advice and entrusted her with charge of the Imperial Seal. Her power was such that, unlike the other imperial princesses, she was allowed to live in her own palace, outside the confines of the Agra Fort.

Shah Jahan ordered that vast sums of alms be given to the poor, prisoners be released, and prayers offered for the recovery of the princess. Aurangzeb, Murad , and Shaista Khan returned to Delhi to see her. A Persian doctor came to treat her and her condition improved for a number of months but then there was no further improvement until a royal page named Arif Chela mixed an ointment that after two more months finally caused the wounds to close.

A year after the accident, Jahanara had fully recovered. After her recovery, Shah Jahan gave Jahanara rare gems and jewellery and bestowed upon her the revenues of the port of Surat. Jahanara received , ashrafis, , rupees and an annual grant of , The pargana of Panipat was also granted to her.

Nur Jahan continued with a similar business trading in indigo and cloth trades. Later, Jahanara continued the tradition. She organized almsgiving on important state and religious days, supported famine relief and pilgrimages to Mecca. Jahanara Begum made such progress on the Sufi path that Mullah Shah would have named her his successor in the Qadiriyya, but the rules of the order did not allow this. As a patron of Sufi literature, she commissioned translations of and commentaries on many works of classical literature.

Painting by Abanindranath Tagore , Shah Jahan became seriously ill in She was unsuccessful. Dara was badly defeated in the Battle of Samugarh 29 May and fled towards Delhi. He asked Jahanara to use her feminine diplomacy to convince Murad and Shuja not to throw their weight on the side of Aurangzeb.

Jahanara came to Aurangzeb on 10 June proposing a partition of the empire. Jahanara had her tomb built during her lifetime. It is constructed entirely of white marble with a screen of trellis work and open to the sky. Let no one cover my grave except with greenery, For this very grass suffices as a tomb cover for the poor. Of the eighteen buildings in the city of Shahjahanabad commissioned by women, Jahanara commissioned five of them.

The best known of her projects was Chandni Chowk , the main street in the walled city of Old Delhi. She constructed an elegant caravanserai on the East side of the street with gardens in the back. The Sarai, the square in front of which projected across the street, was considered by Bernier one of the finest buildings in Delhi, and was compared by him with the Palais Royal, because of its arcades below and rooms with a gallery in front above. She is the main character in the novel Shadow Princess written by Indu Sundaresan.

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Manrang Devi of Gwalior. Notable Mughal and Hindu women in the 16th and 17th centuries A. He mistreated and abused the Hindus. Jahanara bathed in her wealth or worried about her mother and brother. This idea is explored in detail, along with a theme of religious freedom and tolerance that radiates throughout the book.

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JAHANARA PRINCESS OF PRINCESSES PDF

She also served as principal lady-in-waiting for her mother, Mumtaz Mahal. They also played chess, polo and hunted outdoors. Padshah Begum[ edit ] Upon the death of Mumtaz Mahal in , Jahanara, aged 17, took the place of her mother as First Lady of the Empire, despite her father having three other wives. One of her tasks after the death of her mother was to oversee, with the help of Sati al-Nisa Khanam, the betrothal and wedding of her brother, Dara Shikoh to Begum Nadira Banu , which had been originally planned by Mumtaz Mahal, but postponed by her death.

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